Kena Bridge of Spirits
T-rated for teenagers
(PS5, PS4, PC)
Ember Labs’ debut game features a talented team who have created a heartfelt adventure with fast-paced, smooth combat and interesting environments to explore.
The visuals are magnificent. The environments are a nice mix of dark and threatening areas, which, after being cleared of corruption, transform into a bright and vibrant appearance.
Bright green forests and white snow-capped mountains in the background also make for a pretty visual.
The character animations are also top notch. The cut scenes showcase the animation talent of the developers and easily compare to the best studios.
The dubbing is surprisingly well done. All the dialogues pass the emotional parts with a real punch. All the characters have their own story with different actors.
The musical score and sound effects are also well done. Having such a solid sound design for a first studio released game shows talent.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits revolves around Kena, who tries to reach the mountain sanctuary. Along the way, the young spiritual guide finds an abandoned village filled with corruption that has absorbed the life of the region.
You seek answers about what happened and help the spirits move into the spirit realm along the way.
The story takes emotional turns and creates a heartfelt adventure.
The game is played from a third person perspective giving the player a wider view of the surrounding battlefield.
Kena goes around the environment, eliminating evil along the way.
This evil is there souls who
are stuck in the current domain. Kena must fight a wide variety of enemies.
You have smaller enemies that look like rock trolls, flying enemies, and enemies towering over you. The game has a large map of areas to explore. As you complete the different elements of the story, you collect little helpers called rot.
Rot is found by completing parts of the story, searching the environments, and doing puzzles. Rot is not only meant for gathering, it also helps in battles.
Rot fills a small circle at the bottom left of the screen. The more rot you collect, the more circles you use in battles. Rot is used for special abilities in battles.
The developer has created a vast world filled with rich history and characters. The world you explore is lush, detailed, and appears on the TV screen.
The game really looks like the next generation is here.
Kena has an array of combat moves, both light and heavy attacks. You also have a shield around you that can parry attacks if done with the right timing.
As the story progresses you unlock a bow and arrows and other abilities. The combat is fluid and fairly easy to master.
Battles can be quick and frantic at times, requiring all the skills you have learned. Parrying, doing light attacks, and switching to arrows on the fly is smooth and easy to master.
Bombs can even be used to destroy shields, stun, and more. Boss fights feature enemies dominating the player. Each boss has different weaknesses and models. All bosses have a fair amount of challenges and will test any skills you’ve learned.
I encountered a weird boss issue that caused me to float and not be able to undo my parry. This was one of the few issues I encountered.
The story of the game will leave you open to different side missions that you can unlock along the way. Finding Spirit Lanterns will unlock houses and side missions in the village area.
As you progress you will learn new platforms and other abilities. There are chests full of diamonds and even hats for your rotten little characters.
The platform just like the combat feels well balanced, if you miss a jump it’s probably your mistake. Puzzles are also a staple of the game. Players should pay close attention to the surroundings which will give you clues as to what to do next. Some puzzles will require your rot to move items to certain locations, shoot crystals in a certain order, and more. There are a bunch of side missions and collectibles to keep you busy.
The developer might not have taken too many risks or tried a lot of new things, but Kena is an extremely solid adventure with a combination of great environments, solid combat, and a great story. Everything works just to immerse the player in Kena’s adventure.
I hope Ember Labs can bring this masterpiece to the Xbox console so that more gamers can enjoy the game.
A must buy – 9/10.
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